Meet the Canadian Designer Who Just Took Home the LVMH Special Prize | FASHION Magazine
Vejas is the youngest label ever to be considered for the LVMH. Fellow finalist Facetasm has been in business for almost 10 years and has a flagship in Tokyo; Y/Project is one of the hottest tickets at Paris Fashion Week right now; and Matthew Williams of Alyx is Kanye West’s former creative director and shot with Nick Knight for his fall ’15 lookbook.
Green is the new black: Fashion Takes Action runway show highlights sustainable fashion | CBC News
The Fashion Takes Action show aimed to challenge negative stereotypes around eco-fashion, which often evokes images of hippies or notions of poor quality. The event featured 10 Canadian labels that have embraced ethical practices and included a diversity of designs, from high-end couture ball gowns to recycled cotton dresses.
Shop Talk: Jenny Bird on her jewellery line making waves worldwide | Post City Magazines
Toronto’s own Jenny Bird stumbled upon her love of jewellery-making when she was designing her first collection of handbags. Her pieces are edgy, modern and widely popular. Apart from her T.O. headquarters, she has showrooms across the U.S. and in Paris. Locally, Jenny Bird pieces can be found in boutiques such as Joshua David, GotStyle and Zane.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Wears Beaufille On The Cover Of Châtelaine | Huffington Post
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has landed yet another cover of Chatelaine magazine, and this time, she’s looking cooler and more edgy than ever. Sophie recently made headlines for “stealing the show” at the Press Gallery Dinner on June 4. At the annual event, which hosts journalists who cover Parliament, and politicians and government officials, Trudeau cheekily asked his wife what she was wearing, to which she replied, “I’m wearing Canadian. All Canadian.”
UV-blocking fashions from Canadian entrepreneur | The Globe and Mail
When Heather Tate McCartney discovered her father had been diagnosed with melanoma, she started swimming in T-shirts and wrapping herself in towels to block the harmful rays of the sun. The look wasn’t exactly pretty, let alone effective. So she started her own company, UV Couture, which makes clothes that block UV rays.
BoF’s editor-at-large Tim Blanks was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University | BoF
Tim’s Take has been heavily inspired by Tim’s previous work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly television show Fashion File, which first taught me about fashion in the 1990s, watching him pick apart the creative processes of fashion’s most talented designers and place them into a wider cultural context.
Last week, Tim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Academy of Art University in California, recognising his extraordinary contribution to our industry. Above all else, Tim’s success is grounded in the deep relationships he has built and maintained over the course of his career.
Le Château adapting in competitive world, founder says | Toronto Star
The Canadian retail landscape is constantly changing, and Le Château’s founder says success depends on adapting to meet customers’ wants.
“There is a change in consumers’ habits especially in the new tech age, where people aren’t shopping in the mall. They are removed,” Herschel Segal said in an interview just before speaking to young entrepreneurs at Futurpreneur Canada’s conference on Tuesday.
“They’re not as interested in clothing as they were in 1960s and 1970s, or even the 1980s and 1990s,” he said. “They are spending on other things like travel and food.”
And the clothing business is crowded with so many competitors – including many that are also struggling or closing altogether in recent years such as Laura, Mexx, Danier Leather, Smart Set and Jacob.
Rosa Halpern, a Toronto-based designer and artist, founded her brand Namesake in 2016. As an avid leather-jacket wearer and fashion-lover, Rosa set out to create an atelier that focused on the versatility, durability and craftsmanship of the iconic leather jacket.
Namesake offers a range of exquisitely designed, high quality, bespoke leather jackets, available at accessible prices. Quality leather pieces withstand the march of time and the fickleness of ever-changing fashion trends — in fact, leather jackets actually get better with time as they are worn in, stretched to fit, and scarred from adventure.
This “anti-fast fashion” sentiment, as well as the ability to custom design a unique jacket, are the driving concepts behind Namesake. Customers participate in the design process of their jacket as they select their base style from a range of seven, their leather from over 20 options (from exotic embossed croc to sustainably raised US-farm deer), as well as hardware (gold, silver, gunmetal, rose gold, brass, etc.) and details such as belt, collar, lining, even the monogrammed message in the jacket’s tag. In this way, each jacket is reflective of the wearer’s style and individuality.
Every Namesake piece is made by hand by the classically-trained Rosa from her studio in Toronto; guaranteeing quality, attention to detail, and the luxury of a custom-made garment.
Every jacket in the Namesake collection has been assigned a name. Rosa’s idea is to create a dynamic between the style of the jacket and the symbolic power of strong, culturally significant women. Named after two influential women herself—Rosa Parks and Rosa Luxembourg— Rosa has always been intrigued by the symbolic power of a name. By naming each piece after a historically significant woman, she hopes that the wearers will be inspired by the strength, creativity, and unique style of the strong women of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Header Image: Rosa Halpern | Shot for SMagazine by Louisa Nicolaou
‘The Sophie Effect’: Gregoire Trudeau putting Canada’s fashion industry on the map | National Post
When Sophie Grégoire Trudeau joined Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and First Lady Akie Abe at a cocktail event in Kashikojima, Japan, on Thursday, her metallic gold shoes made quite an impression. Within hours, the Canadian-designed heels had a lengthy pre-order list.
“We have a growing waitlist. I won’t give you the number, but it’s significant enough that I’m smiling,” said Elle AyoubZadeh, owner of the Toronto shoe line Zvelle.
Canadian Retailer Hudson’s Bay to Open Stores in Netherlands | BoF
Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Company says it plans to open up to 20 new stores in the Netherlands over the next two years, creating thousands of new jobs in a nation recently hit by the closure of a major chain of stores.
Hudson’s Bay announced the expansion Tuesday, saying it will open both Hudson’s Bay and Saks Off 5th stores.
The Toronto-headquartered company says its move should create some 2,500 jobs in the stores and a further 2,500 for construction workers and involve capital investment of some €300 million ($340 million).
PARKSHOWEXPO is an exciting new business to business fashion trade show in Calgary, Alberta. The inaugural show will take place from February 25 – March 1, 2017 and seeks to reinvent the business side of the industry while celebrating Canadian design.
Megan Szanik, Kara Chomistek, and Jessie Li, the co-founders of PARKSHOWEXPO, have been involved in the Canadian fashion industry for their entire adult lives. Through running several boutiques and a thriving art and fashion non-profit organization, the trio has learned how fashion works in Canada and how it doesn’t. From overwhelmed sales reps to designers who leave fashion schools with little formal education in the complexities of running a business, the PARKSHOWEXPO team has experienced what needs to change in order to allow the unique talent in our country to thrive.
PARKSHOWEXPO seeks to redefine what a trade show in Canada can be. It incorporates several consumer-focused events, educational seminars for designers and retailers, and networking parties. On February 25 and 26, the two days preceding the trade show itself, PARKSHOWEXPO will host PARKFORUM, PARKSHOP, PARKSHOW, and TOAST – Winter Garden.
PARKFORUM is a series of seminars and classes run by industry experts and industry-adjacent professionals who will discuss everything from marketing and accounting to new manufacturing techniques. It will run concurrently to PARKSHOP, a Canadian brand pop-up shop that will allow labels to sell current and previous season designs as well as samples to the Alberta market. PARKSHOP will run for the full 5 days of events and will be overseen by Calgary retailer espy experience, allowing the designers to earn back their booth rental fees while they attend to the business of the expo.
PARKSHOW is an annual art and fashion show that will welcome 1500 attendees, showcasing the current season’s fashions to the general public. With art and decor designed by Alberta’s top artists and event planners, it previews the atmosphere of the trade show itself.
Modelling agency Lorde Inc. paving the path to a new standard of beauty | Metro News
Vancouver-born Nafisha Kaptownwala is the co-founder of Lorde Inc, a modelling agency dedicated to people of colour:
Probably the most beautiful feed on Instagram is Lorde Inc.’s. It features a steady stream of bare, untouched faces hued in the spectrum of humanity. Men and women and the gender-flouting. People who are completely non-uniform, save for defiant gazes. And defiantly non-white. Lorde Inc. is a modelling agency, co-founded by Vancouver-born Toronto transplant Nafisha Kaptownwala, dedicated to people of colour. (It’s named after Audre Lorde, the prominent black, lesbian, feminist poet.)
As far as Kaptownwala knows, it’s the first of its kind in the world, and for two years it’s been casting and promoting racial diversity in fashion, signing models that live outside the industry’s strict preference for specifically proportioned white women and men. Some of its models are “too short” (one is five-foot-four), or “too tall,” and while are all rarely seen on runways, or in mainstream magazines, some are taking notice.